Human Interest

Little Solace

05/25/2010

Brandeis newspaper editors Rebecca Blady and Hillel Buechler sensitively and articulately inform us that the majority of Brandeis students who oppose Ambassador Michael Oren as commencement speaker do so on the grounds that he will alienate a segment of the Brandeis community who “believe Israel’s accomplishments are dwarfed by its moral deficiencies” — a polite way of saying they question Israel’s right to exist — but that the students, themselves, do not generally share those views (“Israel Ambassador Wrong For Commencement,” Opinion, May 21

Israel Parade: Pounding The Pavement Amid Ambivalence

Annual Fifth Avenue ‘Salute’ attracts ‘hundreds of thousands,’ but questions about unity linger.

05/25/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Standing at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, near G.M. Plaza and the start of the annual Salute to Israel Parade, Marilyn Chandler apologized Sunday for being a little disoriented by all the hoopla around her.

“I just got off the plane from Greensboro, N.C., and it’s overwhelming to see all the blue and white,” the colors of the Israeli flag, said Chandler, executive director of the Greensboro Jewish Federation.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, top.Photos by Ch loe Seldman/Michael Priest Photography

A Pita-ful Accomplishment in Israel - Lebanon Food Wars

05/25/2010

Two weeks after a group of Lebanese chefs reclaimed a hummus world record from Israel and set a new falafel record, a new front in the international garbanzo wars opened here.

As part of “Celebrate Israel Week,” which included an Israeli-flag raising in Lower Manhattan and the annual Salute to Israel parade along Fifth Avenue, the Jewish Community Relations Council last week sponsored a new world record, soon to be certified by the Guinness Book of Records.

The world’s largest falafel ball.

Photo By Maya Barkai

Living By His Wits: New Play Highlights Eastern European Folk Hero, Joker

05/25/2010

Call him the Robin Hood  of Eastern European Jewish culture.

Hershele Ostropolyer was an exuberant trickster who roamed the Ukrainian countryside at the turn of the 19th century, playing jokes on the rich to help the poor. The Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre’s new production, “The Adventures of Hershele Ostropolyer,” stars Mike Burstyn as the legendary joker who always has another trick up his sleeve.

Cinderella Stories

My friend sent out an article to her single and (ahem!) aging girlfriends as a show of solidarity. So it's not her fault that I'm a total cranky pants. Plus, why would she suspect that an article about having a baby alone would make me go so ballistic?

Small Protest Greets Oren Address

05/24/2010

(JTA) -- Michael Oren told Brandeis University graduates that Israel has a responsibility to seek peace.

The Israeli Ambassador to the United States spoke Sunday at the university's 59th commencement ceremony.

At least 20 protestors demonstrated near the ceremony, holding signs criticizing Israel's treatment of Palestinian civilians and blaming Israel for committing war crimes, the weekly Brandeis Hoot reported.

Students Across U.S. Invite Israel Ambassador Oren to Speak

05/21/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Dozens of presidents of university student bodies invited the Israeli ambassador to speak in the wake of his controversial appearances on two campuses.

Two By Two

 Why is it that everyone is paired off?

And it’s not just me who thinks so. Even Percy Bysshe Shelley noticed:

“…Nothing in the world is single.
All things by a law devine
In one another’s being mingle”

He meant divine, of course, but perhaps that was how they spelled it back in the 19th century when he was running around with Lord Byron and lots of petticoated ladies.

JTS Chancellor Charting New Course For Outreach

Eisen aims beyond Conservative movement
to ‘religious center.’

05/18/2010
Editor And Publisher

Call it chutzpah or commitment — or a combination of both.

Even as the Conservative movement is losing members left (to the Reform) and right (to the Orthodox), literally, the chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary is setting his sights not just on survival, but on expanding the school’s focus, “carefully but boldly,” throughout North America.

Gary Rosenblatt

Local Rabbinic Leaders

05/18/2010

I must take issue with certain assumptions that Jewish Week Editor and Publisher Gary Rosenblatt makes concerning Modern Orthodoxy and our leaders, (“Hail to the Chief,” Between The Lines, April 20).

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